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The definition of language has fundamental problems that are to a large extent parallel to those of the definition of species (or other biological clades). An apparently reasonable definition of species is: Two individuals belong to the same species if they or their close relatives can in principle produce fertile offspring together. This corresponds ...


Yes, Yiddish is a German dialect, and so is New High German (Neuhochdeutsch). No, Yiddish is not a variant of New High German and also neither of (written) Standard German (Schriftdeutsch) nor any form of Hebrew. Yes, Yiddish is a (Western Germanic) language. You could say the same about Low German / Lower Saxon (Plattdeutsch / Niedersächsisch), Dutch ...

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